Walking, as any other exercise, is good for your heart, improving cardiovascular fitness and is good for your mind giving you a “happy” feeling.
I need to go to a gym for a proper workout
Be honest with yourself and answer to this question: how often do you actually go to a gym? Walking is free, can save gas and money, it’s better for the planet and can make you fit. Sure, at a gym you can get valuable information from an instructor, you can grow more muscles, but if you want to lose weight, than this is a very good start.
I want to get fit and walking is too easy for me
That depends on how fit you want to be. If you want to be an athlete, than yes, walking is too easy for you, but if you want to feel good and have a normal weight, than regular walks should do the trick.
How is walking going to help me lose weight?
You don’t have to walk really fast to make a difference. It’s the distance covered that matters, not the time.
For example 10,000 steps, for a 70kg (150 pounds) woman walking at a moderate speed of 5-6 kilometers (3.5 miles) an hour, would burn over 400 calories in about 90 minutes.
Walking will also increase your muscle tone, boost metabolism, ease stress, raise energy levels and improve sleep, which together can also help you lose weight.
How do I know I’m doing the right thing?
If you walk 60-90 minutes a day it does not mean you can eat all the cookies and pizza you want. You can lose the extra weight by maintaining a normal diet and walking enough. How do you know if you’re walking enough? A pedometer is a great way to measure your walking steps. They’re the size of a pager and cost around $20.
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